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The Blasters

The all-American roots music band the Blasters were principally brothers Dave and Phil Alvin, whose first-hand experience with blues masters shaped their sound and turned them both into contemporary singer/songwriters whose interest in roots rock has never waned.

The brothers, along with Bill Bateman on drums and John Bazz on bass, grew up in Downey, California, in the shadow of Disneyland. Their musical education involved hanging out with musicians like Lee Allen, Marcus Johnson, and T-Bone Walker, all of whom tipped the band to the ways of blues and R&B. Ironically, by the time they were ready to work in Los Angeles clubs, the punk rock explosion was in full swing, and they found an audience for their rough-and-ready sound among the punks, particularly fans of X, with whom they frequently shared the bill. American Music (1980) was a collection of roots covers and like-minded originals. Followed by The Blasters (1981, Slash), the band had added veteran pianist Gene Taylor, baritone saxophonist Steve Berlin and mentor Allen on tenor sax. Amazingly, the album reached number 36 on the charts. In 1982, they recorded the live EP, Over There for Slash, followed by 1983's Non-Fiction. Less focused on rockabilly revivalism, Dave Alvin had become the band's chief cook and songwriter. Berlin had since left the fold to join Los Lobos. Hard Line in 1985 was even more polished and featured the work of Ry Cooder and John Mellencamp; the latter's song "Colored Lights" was written and produced by him especially with the band in mind. The band called it a day after that, though several years later Phil Alvin reformed the group as a live act without Dave.

After joining X for a brief spell, Dave launched a career as a prolific solo recording artist; Phil released one solo album before heading back to school to pursue post-graduate work in mathematics. Taylor is also a solo recording artist. In spring 2002 the original Blasters lineup -- the Dave and Phil Alvin, Bazz, Bateman, and Taylor -- reunited for a series of six reunions shows in California. A live album resulted, Trouble Bound, which featured recordings from the group's two performances at House of Blues in Hollywood. Another round of reunion shows produced a second live set, The Blasters Live: Going Home, and a home video of the same show was released concurrently. With the group back in the public eye, in 2005 Phil Alvin's edition of the Blasters -- featuring Phil, John Bazz on bass, Keith Wyatt on guitar, and Jerry Angel on drums -- finally released a long-promised studio album, 4-11-44. Fun on a Saturday Night, this time featuring Phil Alvin, Bazz, Bateman, and Taylor, but with Keith Wyatt on guitar instead of Dave Alvin, appeared from Rip Cat Records seven years later in 2012. ~ Denise Sullivan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fun On A Saturday Night

1. Well Oh Well

2. Jackson

3. Breath Of My Love

4. Fun On Saturday Night

5. No Nights By Myself

6. Love Me With A Feeling

7. I Don't Want Cha

8. Please Please Please

9. Rock My Blues Away

10. Penny

11. The Yodeling Mountaineer

12. Maria Maria

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Track List: The Blasters Live 1986

1. Rock And Roll Will Stand (Live 1986)

2. Trouble Bound (Live 1986)

3. Jubilee Train (Live 1986)

4. Mystery Train (Live 1986)

5. Just Another Sunday (Live 1986)

6. I Don't Want To (Live 1986)

7. Somebody Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man (Live 1986)

8. Help You Dream (Live 1986)

9. Crazy Baby (Live 1986)

10. I'm Shakin' (Live 1986)

11. Border Radio (Live 1986)

12. Dark Night (Live 1986)

13. Off The Wall (Live 1986)

14. Red Rose (Live 1986)

15. American Music (Live 1986)

16. Long White Cadillac (Live 1986)

17. Marie Marie (Live 1986)

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Track List: 4-11-44

1. Daddy Rollin' Stone

2. 4-11-44

3. Rebound

4. It's All Your Fault

5. Julie

6. Dry River

7. Your Kind Of Love

8. Love Is My Business

9. Slip Of The Tongue

10. Precious Memories (The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised)

11. Boneyard (Dick Tracy Theme)

12. Window Up Above

13. Just To Be With You

14. Fire Of Love

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Track List: Live: Going Home

1. Marie Marie (Live)

2. Real Rock Drive (Live)

3. Border Radio (Live)

4. Crazy Baby (Live)

5. Help You Dream (feat. The Calvanes & The Medallions) (Live)

6. Have Mercy Baby (feat. The Calvanes & The Medallions) (Live)

7. No Other Girl (Live)

8. Don't You Lie To Me (Live)

9. So Long Baby Goodbye (Live)

10. Red Headed Woman (feat. Sonny Burgess) (Live)

11. Wandering Eye (feat. Billy Boy Arnold) (Live)

12. American Music (Live)

13. One Bad Stud (feat. The Calvanes & The Medallions) (Live)

14. JB Lenoir Jam (Live)

15. All Your Love (Live)

16. Flip Flop & Fly (Live)

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Track List: Trouble Bound

1. Red Rose (live)

2. Trouble Bound (live)

3. Long White Cadillac

4. Cryin' For My Baby

5. I'm Shakin' (live)

6. Blue Shadows

7. Help You Dream

8. Common Man

9. Hollywood Bed

10. Too Tired

11. I Wish You Would (live)

12. Sadie's Back In Town (live)

13. Dark Night

14. So Long Baby Goodbye

15. American Music

16. One Bad Stud

17. Marie Marie

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Track List: Testament - The Complete Slash Recordings

Disc 1

1. Marie Marie

2. No Other Girl

3. I'm Shakin'

4. Border Radio

5. American Music

6. So Long Baby Goodbye

7. Hollywood Bed

8. Never No More Blues

9. This Is It

10. Highway 61

11. I Love You So

12. Stop The Clock

13. Red Rose

14. Barefoot Rock

15. Bus Station

16. One More Dance

17. It Must Be Love

18. Jubilee Train

19. Long White Cadillac

20. Fool's Paradise

21. Boomtown

22. Leaving

23. Tag Along

24. Justine

25. Flat Top Joint

27. One Bad Stud

28. Blue Shadows

Disc 2

1. Trouble Bound

2. Just Another Sunday

3. Hey, Girl

4. Dark Night

5. Little Honey

6. Samson And Delilah

7. Colored Lights

8. Help You Dream

9. Common Man

10. Rock And Roll Will Stand

12. Cry For Me

13. Kathleen

16. Crazy Baby

21. I Don't Want To

23. Roll 'Em Pete

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Track List: American Music

1. American Music

2. Real Rock Drive

3. Barefoot Rock

4. I Don't Want To

5. Marie, Marie

6. I Wish You Could

7. She Ain't Got The Beat

8. Flat Top Joint

9. Crazy Baby

10. Never No More Blues

11. Buzz Buzz Buzz

12. She's Gone Away

13. Barn Burning

14. 21 Days in Jail

15. Love 24 Hours A Day

16. I Fell In Love

17. So Glad

18. Ashamed Of Myself

19. Lone Wolf

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GET A LIFE BOOB... YOU WOULDN'T KNW WHAT GOOD MUSIC IS IF IT WALKED UP TO YOU AND BIT YOU ON YOUR VAGINA.
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Boring, generic and derivative. Thumbs down
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I saw the new Porky Chedwick but he didn't see me. Ain't that something!
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50 thoudand watts out of Mexico
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turn up the volume IT'S THE BORDER RADIO !
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true American Music! I see them every time they pass through San Diego. My first pseudo Rock-a-billy obsession in the 80's... Them and the Paladins! MARIE MARIE!
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I saw them at the Ranch at Slab City
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I got fired from the orange juice factory too>>>I couldn't CONCENTRATE
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This is the Border Radio
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The Blasters are just GREAT no doubt about it!!!!!!!!
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Saw them many times with various guitarists over the years. The Blasters and Jason & The Scorchers remain my two favorite live acts ever.
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listnin' to the Border Radio
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up up UP UP UP
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TURN IT UP it's the Border Radio !!!!!!!!!!!!
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you got that right Jade TURN UP THE VOLUME it's the BORDER RADIO
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U got to turn this up!!!!
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listnin' to the Border Radio
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Priceless!!
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turn up the volume
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saw them at the Ranch at Slab City
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no lite beer...then Ill have some tequila
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50 thousand watts out of Mexico
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I like this 62 hit lots of watts out of Mexico
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lisnin' to Border Radio
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saw them play at the Ranch in Slab City......ju s t kiddin'
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cat8654
Always play the Blasters LOUD!
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The Blasters again ... I can't stop "HELP"
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The Blasters Rock a Billy all the Way.... Rock / Blues. 2012 Bands can't come close.
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ventura nationals car show labor day they rock it..www.vent u r a n a t i o n a l s . c o m always a great time
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Saw them at Viva Las Vegas in 2011. They Rock!
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Phil has an amazing album with Sun Ra Orch. but I have only heard it on record, very worth the search.
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wild_roots
check out a movie called streets of fire,Blaster s are in it.
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Saw them Beale on Broadway in St Louis 07/02/2010
They rocked the house. Great !
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bigrivercons t r u c t i o n
Flat out one of the best ever. Border Radio is one of my all time favorites.
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The Blasters. Hootenanny 2009. Fourth of July. I'm so there.
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hair greased and combed back, tight worn jeans and a sleeved up t - a bootle of devil juice, a cigarette dangling from the mouth - and the Blasters booming over the speakers - and your gal draping herself on you. It's Friday night and all seems right - Thank you Blasters - O'yea my gal is Maria Maria....... . . . . .
It's American Music...
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One of the greatest bands ever !! Marie Marie may just be a perfect song !!
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The all American Gargage Band of the 80's - these guys lay down the roots of solid rock - thanxs for gift being shared to us, your dedicated fan for life.

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